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By Anonym 15 Sep

Lytton Strachey

When the French nation gradually came into existence among the ruins of the Roman civilization in Gaul, a new language was at the same time slowly evolved.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Lytton Strachey

In pure literature, the writers of the eighteenth century achieved, indeed, many triumphs; but their great, their peculiar, triumphs were in the domain of thought.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Lytton Strachey

But Racine's extraordinary powers as a writer become still more obvious when we consider that besides being a great poet he is also a great psychologist.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Lytton Strachey

There is something dark and wintry about the atmosphere of the later Middle Ages.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Lytton Strachey

When Louis XIV assumed the reins of government France suddenly and wonderfully came to her maturity; it was as if the whole nation had burst into splendid flower.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Lytton Strachey

Human beings are too important to be treated as mere symptoms of the past. They have a value which is independent of any temporal process──which is eternal, and must be felt for its own sake.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Lytton Strachey

Ignorance is the first requisite of the historian - ignorance, which simplifies and clarifies, which selects and omits, with a placid perfection unattainable by the highest art.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Lytton Strachey

Though, with the ascendancy of Louis, the political power of the nobles finally came to an end, France remained, in the whole complexion of her social life, completely aristocratic.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Lytton Strachey

Unlike the majority of the writers of his age, La Rochefoucauld was an aristocrat; and this fact gives a peculiar tone to his work.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Lytton Strachey

For ignorance is the first requisite of the historian──ignorance, which simplifies and clarifies, which selects and omits, with a placid perfection that unattainable by the highest art.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Lytton Strachey

Modern as the style of Pascal's writing is, his thought is deeply impregnated with the spirit of the Middle Ages. He belonged, almost equally, to the future and to the past.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Lytton Strachey

A writer’s promise is like a tiger’s smile

By Anonym 13 Sep

Lytton Strachey

English dramatic literature is, of course, dominated by Shakespeare; and it is almost inevitable that an English reader should measure the value of other poetic drama by the standards which Shakespeare has already implanted in his mind.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Lytton Strachey

If this is dying, I don't think much of it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Lytton Strachey

During this earlier period of his activity Voltaire seems to have been trying - half unconsciously, perhaps - to discover and to express the fundamental quality of his genius.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Lytton Strachey

In sheer genius Pascal ranks among the very greatest writers who have lived upon this earth. And his genius was not simply artistic; it displayed itself no less in his character and in the quality of his thought.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Lytton Strachey

Perhaps of all the creations of man language is the most astonishing.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Lytton Strachey

Perhaps the best test of a man's intelligence is his capacity for making a summary.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Lytton Strachey

There was hardly an eminent writer in Paris who was unacquainted with the inside of the Conciergerie or the Bastille.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Lytton Strachey

The stability and peace which seemed to be so firmly established by the brilliant monarchy of Francis I vanished with the terrible outbreak of the Wars of Religion.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Lytton Strachey

The history of the Victorian Age will never be written: we know too much about it.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Lytton Strachey

It was not by gentle sweetness and self-abnegation that order was brought out of chaos; it was by strict method, by stern discipline, by rigid attention to detail, by ceaseless labor, by the fixed determination of an indomitable will.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Lytton Strachey

How far the existence of the Academy has influenced French literature, either for good or for evil, is an extremely dubious question.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Lytton Strachey

The old interests of aristocracy - the romance of action, the exalted passions of chivalry and war - faded into the background, and their place was taken by the refined and intimate pursuits of peace and civilization.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Lytton Strachey

There are a great deal of a great many kinds of love.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Lytton Strachey

The genius of the French language, descended from its single Latin stock, has triumphed most in the contrary direction - in simplicity, in unity, in clarity, and in restraint.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Lytton Strachey

With a very few exceptions, every word in the French vocabulary comes straight from the Latin.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Lytton Strachey

In the literature of France Moliere occupies the same kind of position as Cervantes in that of Spain, Dante in that of Italy, and Shakespeare in that of England. His glory is more than national - it is universal.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Lytton Strachey

It is perhaps as difficult to write a good life as to live one.